Fees for international students are much higher – you will need to check with the university to see how they will classify you if you think you might be viewed as ‘international’ which is based on your nationality AND the amount of time you have been in the UK which might affect you even if you are a British citizen but have been living abroad.
This link has a LOT of information: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/ucas-undergraduate-international-and-eu-students
We also produce our own simple, introductory guide to applications which was sent to all students and parents earlier in the year.
UK universities welcome international students and are keen to receive applications. Some courses may have limits on the number of places available to internationals, not least Medicine courses. It is important for students to check with the universities on their websites and to contact them directly using the emails provided in order to seek clarification on any point.
Aspects to consider
- Is there a restriction on the number of places available to international students and how will this affect the number of offers given?
- Is there an English Language qualification requirement that is not met simply by studying the IB or A Level at a UK school? It may be that a specific qualification, such as IELTS, is required to prove English ability.
- If you don’t have GCSE or IGCSE qualifications, or other public examination qualifications gained at age 16, does this make a difference? It is likely that it will NOT make a difference but check the advice for international applicants on the websites.
- What are the fees?
- Where will you be pleased to live and study? The UK is a lot bigger than Oxford, Cambridge and London!
- Will a UK degree be welcomed in another country if you wish to move there e.g. to be a lawyer or medic will you have to take additional qualifications on return to another country and will this be an advantage to you or a problem for you?
Keep a note of all your communications with universities and particularly any email replies from university helpdesks. Talk to us. We are here to help you too.
Don’t forget, if you also wish to apply to study in another country, other than the UK, please tell us and ask in good time! We need several weeks to prepare applications if we are to be sure of doing a good job for you. The same applies with applications for scholarships that might be available to students from specific countries.